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Stourbridge man jailed after assaulting his former partner's step-dad
10:34am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A STOURBRIDGE thug who viciously attacked his former partner's stepfather when he told him to leave the house they shared before the breakdown of their relationship has been jailed for 58 weeks.
Labourer David Tromans left Mark Hart with a broken tooth and swelling and bruising to his face after hitting him with a flurry of punches.
Mr Hart went to the property with his wife - the mother of Troman's ex-girlfriend - after things became strained between the young couple - Lynette McClelland, prosecuting, said.
She said the 26-year-old then confronted Mr Hart after being told to leave the house and he beat him to the ground before running away from the scene.
Recorder Mark Rhind told Tromans at Wolverhampton Crown Court: "This was an unpleasant assault and you left him with significant injuries.
"It was a sustained attack using your fists. It is clear there had been a degree of turbulence in the relationship and that caused the stepfather and his wife some concern.
"Whatever you thought about him you involved yourself in this violence when you were younger than he was, more physically capable and you were capable of getting the better of him which you did."
Tromans, of Trinity Road, had denied assaulting Mr Hart causing him actual bodily harm but he was convicted by a jury at the end of his trial.
He was clear on a charge of common assault against Mrs Yvonne Hart but admitted the first offence constituted the breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed for criminal damage.
The court was told Tromans had a previous conviction involving violence against an earlier partner and the Recorder told him: "You have got a disturbing record for losing your temper in domestic circumstances."
Trevor Meegan, defending Tromans, who surrendered himself to police three days after the attack, said he accepted he had reacted aggressively adding: "He went over the top."
He told the court it was his home as well as being the home of his former partner and he had reacted after Mr Hart let himself into the property.
The offence came after he had managed to stay out of trouble with police for two years and control his drinking, stressed Mr Meegan.